Man charged in multiple shooting
of woman at her home
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 3:30 AM
A Philadelphia man was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with shooting a woman multiple times the day before as she was entering her home.
Christopher Smith, 27, of 11371 Highway 15 south, was charged with aggravated assault on Nellie Woodward, 60, of 10200 Road 739.
He was arrested by Sheriff Donnie Adkins and deputies in a wooded area off Road 456 about 8:45 a.m. in the same vicinity as the shooting.
"He went up to a lady's house and told her he was out of gas," Adkins said, noting that the lady alerted authorities. "I was in the vicinity at the time. He left her house and walked into the woods."
Smith was apprehended a short time later.
Mrs. Woodward told the authorities that a man wearing a black mask and camouflage clothing came from around the side of her house in the Bloomo community and fired at her.
Mrs. Woodward was taken by ambulance to Neshoba County General Hospital and then airlifted to The University Medical Center in Jackson where she underwent surgery.
She was listed in stable condition Wednesday morning, the sheriff said, and is expected to recover.
Sheriff Adkins said the woman was able to make her way inside her home where she was found by her husband.
A neighbor called 911 at 3:55 p.m., at the request of the husband. The husband told authorities he suspected his wife had been shot about 30 minutes earlier.
While authorities were still working on a possible motive for the shooting, the sheriff said Smith was in a relationship with Mrs. Woodward's granddaughter and she was "apparently trying to keep them apart and he wanted to retaliate on her."
In December, city police charged Smith with simple assault by fear and shooting into a dwelling.